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Dr. Randal Pinkett
May 18, 2009

Elevate your game
Dear Friends,

At BCT Partners, we often ask ourselves: what are we doing to exemplify the goals and values that we've set forth for our company? Are we creating excellent customer service? Are we actively seeking new development projects? Are we strengthening relationships with current clients? And what about our internal stakeholders, our team, are we connected with them?

In these trying times and in the midst of this troubled economy, it's easy to understand why some of us as entrepreneurs lose sight of the foundation that we may have built our businesses on: a spirit of independence, a need to make a difference in the world and an urge to use creativity and innovation to develop business on our own terms. Some of us may become so focused on selling our business that we might begin to cut corners by failing to return critical phone calls, listen to employee concerns or touch bases with valued customers.

This month, I'm challenging my entrepreneurs to focus on the foundations of their companies and remember why they became business owners in the first place. Reread the values, principles and mission statements that are the cornerstones of your business. Keep your team happy and your business running like a well-oiled machine. Practice the art of looking forward to the challenges that we all are facing in these tough times and continue to seek the opportunities in those challenges.

Peace and blessings,



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Learn more about my management and technology consulting firm, BCT Partners.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: Jersey Roots, Global Reach

Dr. Randal Pinkett is a proud graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he most notably became the first and only African-American in the school’s history to be named a Rhodes Scholar, all while captain of the Varsity Men's Track and Field team, competing as a high jumper and long jumper, and president of the Rutgers chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Randal, among other notable graduates, is featured in "Jersey Roots, Global Reach" a marketing campaign for the university that includes a national TV commercial and print advertisements. Click here to learn more.


Randal spoke and received the "Beacon Award" at the 5th Annual Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Awards Gala in Dallas, TX   Randal was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Continental Airlines Black History Month Celebration in Houston, TX   Randal Pinkett attends Brian McKnight's exclusive "Celebrity Apprentice" Viewing Party in Times Square, NYC



Before I started my company, BCT Partners, in 2001, I had already developed three successful companies. In fact, I've spent little time in corporate America since graduation, but enough time to understand the transition from employee to employer.

Any entrepreneur worth his or her salt knows that the current challenges in our economy are really fodder for brilliant ideas. But, for those of you who are still members of the corporate world yet thinking about striking out on your own, these challenges may present more of a stumbling block than a light bulb. Conflicted? Want to get started, but still not sure? Here's some advice that may answer some of your questions.

Our current economy might be best described as "look before you leap," by any fledgling business owner. Keeping your corporate resources while running your business on the side might be your best bet until there’s visible economic improvement. It's critical to keep an ethical standard of work and to not let your side business interfere with your current "employee" status. Check out these tips on keeping your day job "above board".
No-Money Down CEO
No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash explodes the myth that you have to have a lot of money or need an outside investor to pursue your dream. This action-learning, audio business course offers a comprehensive step-by-step plan for launching your business with little to no cash. Listen as Randal offers insider's tips, tools and techniques that will put you on the fast track to becoming a successful CEO.

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Campus CEO
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneurs Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business walks any would-be entrepreneur through all the necessary steps to launching a profitable, campus-based business, while simultaneously achieving academic success. Regardless of major, background, or area of interest, readers of Campus CEO will learn how to turn their academic and professional dreams into reality.

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Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management, technology and policy-consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. A sought after public speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, youth and community groups, Dr. Pinkett is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide To Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash. Notably, Dr. Pinkett made history as the first African-American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University and firmly believes in the mantra "for those to whom much is given, much is expected."

The "Elevate Your Game" monthly e-Newsletter is published by Dr. Randal Pinkett. Copyright (c) 2009 Randal Pinkett, LLC. All rights reserved. For further information, visit us at www.randalpinkett.com or call 201.618.1101. For business, publicity and media inquires, please contact Ms. April Peters at 973.622.0900 x103 or apeters@bctpartners.com.

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